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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 321   ABV: 10.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Apis IV pours dark brown with hues of orange and red, a thick creamy off-white head, and traditional Belgian lacing. The beer has notes of bread, dark plums, figs, molasses, and honey, balanced by light earthy and floral hop aromas. The beer starts out on the pallet with caramel, honey, dark fruits and a rounded floral bitterness, with spice notes from the Belgian yeast strain we use in this beer brewed in the Trappist Belgian Dark Strong Ale tradition. Look for a medium to heavy mouthfeel with high carbonation and slight alcohol warming. This beer is perfect for cellaring and its complex flavors will mellow out and blend overtime.

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3.7
hayduke (5730) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 6, 2015
Sampled at GABF 2015. In the tasting glass dark brown with a tan head. Nose of dark ripe fruit and molasses. Medium to full body. Creamy mouth feel. Flavor is rich caramel malts and raisins and other dark fruit. Finishes sweet. Pretty darn good.

2.8
wombat23 (2129) - Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2015 Shared 750 ml. bottle. Reddish brown color, small beige head with very short retention and almost no lacing. Aroma has a bit of malt, bread, caramel, and honey. Tastes a bit sweet; the honey is quite noticeable. Some malt and alcohol as well, but not enough to balance the sweetness of the honey.

2.8
darbeer75 (1110) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2015
Aroma: dominated by honey; Appearance: chocolate brown with full head and good lacing; Taste: one dimension, which is honey. Very sweet, no complexity. Honey also had a slight twang; Palate: medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation. Finish was a honey aftertaste, not great; Overall: disappointing. Will not get again due to cloying honey flavor.

3.3
5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Bottle:   Ruby, thin spritzy light beige head, spotty lacing.   Sweet honey and malty breadiness on the nose.   Bready up front, malty, fairly sweet but not cloying.   Very light for a Quad at 8.7%, and not all that musty or barnish.   No real dark pitted fruit either.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Finishes very basic, sweet breadines, a little honey sweetness, and thats about it.   Not complex at all, and certainly smaller than most other Quads.   Despite nothing being off, its pretty boring.


4.8
Craftbrewhaha (80) - - OCT 1, 2015
Excellent Belgian Quad with a twist. The honey was great, not overwhelming, didn’t make it too sweet. Reminded me of fresh honeycomb. Belgian yeast character was spot on for the style. Will definitely drink again.

3.4
beastiefan2k (4179) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - SEP 21, 2015
12oz bottle split three ways. This smelled and tasted like sweet, rasiny wet bread. Strong alcohol presence. But wet black dessert bread. Maybe something like this just needs a little bit of time. It wasn’t astringent or off putting, just a but too sweet. Low hops.

3.3
That1Guy (2240) - Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2015
12 oz bottle pours dark brown with a tan head. Ok retention. Get some dark fruits, banana esters, and booze on the nose. This guy is quite boozy, actually. It was a slow-sipper for sure. Decent example of the style.

5
jerseyjohn71 (308) - Corsicana, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2015
as a HOME BREWER and a BEE-KEEPER,,,,,, SOLID 5. 8%+.AVB,,, caramel, bread, hay, nuts, roasty, resin, floral, citrus, dough, basement aromas, alcohol, banana, butterscotch, clove, raisin, vanilla, woody, red, brown, clear, frothy, tan foam, heavy cloying sweetness, medium body, full body, creamy, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish, dark bite,,,

3.7
Jerm719 (195) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2015
Medium bodied. Plums, figs, spice with mild honey. Dark fruits, vanilla. Not too sweet.

3.6
George999 (481) - Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2015
From the bottle the poor is clear and dark brown to red, the aroma is yeasty with a wisp of spice and a little honey, the taste malty with bits of honey and a little corn in the finish. The mouthfeel is full medium.


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